I can’t say I ever thought to myself “the best route an incremental game could take is a twin stick shooter” but maybe I should have.
There are a few things that struck me immediately when starting this game. The adorable art style, the witty dialogue, and the impending feeling that I will lose countless hours playing this game. As someone with over 800 hours in Clicker Heroes, you could say that I somewhat enjoy clicker games, the monotonous clicking allowing you to watch a number increase endlessly so that you can buy more things to speed that up is satisfying, it is why gathering is so popular in MMOs.
Vostok Inc. puts a new spin on this. Rather than clicking to earn money you destroy asteroids, the money gained from destroying asteroids can be used to buy factories and farms and the like on each planet, of which there are many. You start of in the solar system around Sol (ours) and in this solar system each planet has its own income.
As you start earning money threats become evident, you start getting attacked by enemy ships. These ships become another way to earn money as killing them drops cash. You can upgrade your ship with various weapons to help make killing easier, and there are many weapon combinations to satisfy any way you could possibly want to play a twin stick shooter. There are 3 weapons, machine guns, lasers and rockets. You can then combine 2 of these for a variety of new weapons, and then a third for even more variety.
Each solar system has a boss at the end. This boss can be unlocked by reaching a certain money goal which will cause it to appear. Upon defeating you unlock the next sector with new planets to exploit for your monetary gain.
Vostok Inc. also offers and element of management. As you explore you pick up managers and executives who will grant percentage boosts to your income, as long as you keep them happy. Each exec has food drink and fun requirements. The resources for this can only be found by destroying enemies and astroids, which helps keep you motivated to do this instead of just sitting on a planet.
The game isn’t the longest of games, I have finished it once already in just a few days (though I played it a lot in those days) but if the game leaves you yearning for more there is always a new game+ button to keep you interested, though for £10 or $15 it’s not exactly surprising that the game doesn’t contain endless content, but if you’re looking for a cheap game to fill some time this game is definitely for you. It is even available on the Switch for those tedious bus or train journeys… Or if like me you just don’t want to get out of bed…
Overall the game is an easily accessible game to anybody that wants to play, from any age or skill level. It isn’t expensive so it’s a pretty low risk purchase which is why I would definitely recommend it to anybody that wants to burn a few hours and doesn’t know what to burn them on. Just be warned you might think you only spent 30 minutes playing, but it’s already 3am and you have to get up in the morning.